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Thursday, 17 July 2014 - 21:26
Update : MH17 crash-Rebels return 80 fewer bodies than promised from MH17-Video


International monitors said body parts still lay scattered at eastern Ukraine's unsecured crash site of downed flight MH17, as Dutch experts said they were given 80 fewer corpses than promised by the rebels.

Pro-Russian insurgents said they had released the bodies of 282 victims after they were sent by refrigerated train to the government-controlled town of Kharkiv, some 300 kilometres to the northwest.

But Dutch experts now in possession of the corpses said they had only counted 200 on the morgue train.

Flight MH17 was apparently brought down by a missile on Thursday with 298 people on board, including 193 Dutch citizens.

Western leaders have complained that rebels have been tampering with vital evidence at the site.

Update : Wednesday, 23 July 2014 - 13:20
Evidence that plane was 'cut into'

Three teams of international experts are at the crash site in eastern Ukraine where wreckage from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 lies strewn over eight kilometres.

A member of the international monitoring team said pieces of the wreckage had been cut into and changed, possibly to remove bodies.

Pro-Russia separatists have handed over the two black box flight recorders.

Update : Wednesday, 23 July 2014 - 12:26
Ukraine rebels hand over black boxes

Rebels in eastern Ukraine have handed over two flight-data recorders from the downed MH17 plane to Malaysian experts.

A senior rebel leader signed them over to the Malaysian officials at a meeting in the city of Donetsk.

The handover came hours after the UN Security Council voted unanimously to demand immediate international access to the crash site.

The Malaysian Airlines passenger jet crashed last Thursday, killing all 298 people on board.

UPDATE:Tuesday, 22 July 2014 - 10:00
 Dutch reach bodies in east Ukraine

Dutch investigators have arrived in Torez in Ukraine, where the remains of victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane crash are being stored.

The three forensic scientists are aiming to start work on identifying the 196 bodies kept there on a train.

Pressure is growing on pro-Russian rebels to allow experts to the crash site some 15km away.

The US and other nations say there is growing evidence of Russian complicity in the downing of the plane last week.

All 298 people on flight MH17 died when it was reportedly hit by a missile.

UPDATE: Monday, 21 July 2014 - 7:49
196 bodies found of Malaysia airliner MH17

Emergency workers in Ukraine say they have now found 196 bodies at the crash site of Malaysia airliner MH17.

A total of 298 people were on board the plane, when it was reportedly hit by a missile over a rebel-held area in Donetsk region on Thursday.

Western countries have criticised restrictions imposed by rebels at the crash site, and have asked Russia put pressure on them to allow more access.

International observers are expected to visit the site again later today.

UPDATE: Monday, 21 July 2014 - 9:49
Pro-Russian rebels say they will give MH17 black boxes to authorities

A Ukrainian separatist leader on Sunday said pro-Russian rebels will hand over the black boxes from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to the International Civil Aviation Organization.

According to Associated Press, Alexander Borodai, prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, said the rebels had recovered the data recorders.

A pro-Russian rebel earlier on Sunday tweeted that the data recorders had been brought to rebel stronghold Donetsk in east Ukraine.

Kiev has accused militia fighters of refusing to hand over the black boxes and moving victims' bodies to a morgue in the insurgent-controlled city of Donetsk.

Borodai earlier told reporters that rebels had never recovered the data recorders and denied tampering with any evidence.

Pro-Russian rebels say they will give MH17 black boxes to authorities - CNA

UPDATE: Monday, 21 July 2014 - 8:35
Ukraine rebels 'to allow access to site'

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine are to give international investigators access to the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines jet.

The Organization for the Security and Co-operation in Europe said the rebels vowed to secure the site and allow the recovery of bodies.

The plane, carrying 298 people, crashed in rebel-held territory yesterday.

The two sides in Ukraine's civil conflict have accused each other of shooting the jet down with a missile.

UPDATE: Friday, 18 July 2014 - 07:58 PM

Rebels claim black box of the Malaysian MH17 crashed with 298 passengers

As the world reels from the news a passenger jet carrying 298 people has been shot down, confusion is growing about what has happened to the plane's "black box" flight recorder.

Reuters reported that people were searching the area for the flight recorder and that pro-Russian separatists were later quoted as saying they had found one.

A Russian radio station reported that the black box had been sent to Moscow for investigation by the as yet unidentified group of Russian separatists.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir has blamed Ukraine for the Malaysian Airlines tragedy that claimed the lives of all 298 people on board, including around 100 children - but didn't deny Russian-backed separatists were to blame for shooting it out of the sky.

In the Meantime, a Dutch citizen who was aboard the Malaysia Airlines plane that and was shot down over Ukraine posted a picture on his Facebook page with the caption that translates to, "If it disappears, this is what it looks like," poking fun at the Malaysia plane that went mysteriously missing in March.

Dutch citizen Cor Pan probably did not realize the effect his post would

Update : Friday, 18 July 2014 - 12:13
Malaysia MH 17 jet crashes in east Ukraine conflict zone with 295 passengers within period of 5 months of MH 370 disappearing mysteriously.

A Malaysia Airlines jet carrying 295 people has crashed in east Ukraine on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

There are no signs of survivors at the scene of the crash near the village of Grabovo, in rebel-held territory close to the border with Russia.

Both sides in Ukraine's civil conflict accused each other of shooting down the plane with a missile. It is still not clear why the plane came down.

It is the second disaster suffered by Malaysia Airlines this year.

Passengers that have been identified there were, 154 Dutch nationals, 27 Australians, 23 Malaysians, 11 Indonesians, 6 Britons, 4 Germans, 4 Belgians, 3 from the Philippines and one Canadian. All 15 of the crew were Malaysian.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak spoke of his shock and said he was launching an immediate inquiry into the crash.

US and Ukrainian officials said they believed the plane had been brought down by a missile. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said it was an "act of terrorism".

Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin told the BBC he had intercepted phone conversations that proved the plane was shot down by pro-Russian separatists.

Update : Friday, 18 July 2014 - 7:10

Malaysia airliner crashes in east Ukraine.

A Malaysian airliner reportedly with 295 people on board has crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border, on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia Airlines said it had lost contact with Flight MH17 from Amsterdam. The last known position was over Ukraine, it said in a tweet.

An aviation source in Moscow told Reuters the plane had been found burning on the ground in east Ukraine.

It had failed to enter Russian airspace, the source said.

Anton Herashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine's interior minister, was quoted by the Associated Press as saying the plane had been hit by a missile at an altitude of 10,000m (33,000ft).

A number of military planes have been shot down by missiles in recent weeks over eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatist rebels have been fighting government forces.

The UK Foreign Office said it was aware of the reports of the crash and was "urgently working to establish what has happened".

Source : BBC
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